Recruiting and retaining exceptional graduate students who will go on to become leaders in their fields is the top priority for graduate education at Vanderbilt University. As a leading research university, it is critical that Vanderbilt advance graduate education in key ways to attract the best students and support them while they are here.
The Graduate Education Study Group, appointed by Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan Wente in September 2014 and charged with laying the course for the future of graduate education at Vanderbilt, has completed its work and issued its full report. Read the report, “A New Vision for Graduate Education at Vanderbilt.” Their work takes into account national conversations and challenges facing the disciplines.
The Executive Summary of the GESG report was released in May 2015. Then, based on extensive input gathered from students and faculty at a series of forums during fall 2015, revisions were made and the final report generated.
Feedback from the Vanderbilt Community is welcome and can be sent directly to the Dean of the Graduate School, Mark Wallace.
Members of the study group include:
During his fall 2016 faculty address, Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos announced his plans for building a $300 million endowment during the next several years. After this, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente asked the deans of the schools and colleges to develop faculty-based processes for submitting priorities for how to deploy this endowment to support excellence in graduate education and research at Vanderbilt. Input also was sought from the Graduate Faculty Council and the Graduate Student Council.
In January 2017 the ad hoc Graduate Education and Research Endowment Committee was charged with synthesizing the ideas submitted by each school and college into a set of overarching recommendations. The short report, “Investing in Graduate Education and Research: A Vision for Deploying a $300 Million Endowment,” will be submitted to the chancellor. During the fall of 2017, new cross-college working groups also will be constituted to further the evaluation, development and implementation of these recommendations.
Ad hoc committe members include:
The Graduate Development Network (GDN), a group of academic and professional services offices that meets monthly during the academic year and occasionally during the summer term, operates in an advisory and coordinating capacity for student life and career development in graduate education. This group promotes communication and collaboration among the participants, as well as a sounding board for issues and concerns about student services.
Representatives are from the Graduate Student Council (GSC); Center for Student Wellbeing (CSW); Margaret Cunningim's Women’s Center; LGBTQI Life; Center for Teaching; Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (VU-CIRTL); Writing Studio; International Student and Scholar Services; Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities; GradLEAF; English Language Center; Career Development services from the Graduate School and the biomedical sciences office (BRET); Diversity recruitment and retention (VU-EDGE); Vanderbilt Institutional Research Group; College of Arts & Sciences; Graduate Department of Religion; Peabody College of Education and Human Development; School of Engineering; and the Graduate School.
For more information, contact Ruth Schemmer, Assistant Dean for Career Development.